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Is Climate Change Racist?

June 18, 2021
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By Paul Homewood


I want to return to Jeremy Williams’ book, “Climate Change is Racist”:

You will recall it makes the claim:

When we talk about racism, we often mean personal prejudice or institutional biases. Climate change doesn’t work that way. It is structurally racist, disproportionately caused by majority White people in majority White countries, with the damage unleashed overwhelmingly on people of colour. The climate crisis reflects and reinforces racial injustices.


It conjures up images of Africans desperately struggling to survive the effects of climate change.

Leaving aside the fact that there is no evidence of such damage, it is simply not possible to disentangle fossil fuels, climate change and economic and social well being. As a direct result of the Industrial Revolution and subsequent economic growth, the developing world is immeasurably better off in any category you can think of.

The charts below show just how lives have been transformed for the better in Africa, in terms of:

  • Life Expectancy
  • Child Mortality
  • Air pollution
  • Undernourishment
  • Famine
  • Agricultural Output
  • Extreme Poverty
  • Access to Clean Water
  • Literacy
  • Education
  • Value of Agricultural Production

All the charts are from the World in Data, except the last, which is from the UN, and it illustrates how Africa has switched from being a largely subsistence farming economy, to one where cash crops are important. This is of huge significance, because it means farmers now have surplus cash to spend on other needs.

None of these improvements would have been possible without economic growth in the developed world, which in turn would not have been possible without fossil fuels.

Instead of shouting racism, maybe Jeremy Williams should be celebrating this fact.













  1. bobn permalink
    June 18, 2021 1:47 pm

    The evidence is everywhere. The ingenuity, productivity and energy of white people has benefited all people.
    While BLM and other racists continue to emphasize the different progress of different races, white people generally dont see race; just culture. A productive culture that all people can share and benefit from. Embrace it and be one of us living longer and happier lives.
    Its sad that jeremy williams wants to promote racism. A man best ignored and forgotten – whatever his race may be.

  2. bluecat57 permalink
    June 18, 2021 2:09 pm

    The word no longer has meaning.
    Hmm. I’m a racist hero, since the word hero is now meaningless as well.

    • Douglas Dragonfly permalink
      June 18, 2021 2:52 pm

      Thanks for publising this research. The quality of life has been improved for so many. Of course there is always more to do. Hence the importance of informed debate.

      Unfortunately books like the one above will only promote misunderstanding and misery.

  3. Gillespie Robertson permalink
    June 18, 2021 2:23 pm

    I have used an Amazon review to point out that it is climate alarmism and the sunsequent opposition to new fossil-fuelled power generation in e.g. Africa which is the true “Racist” element. Only abundant reliable low-cost power can bring the improvements so desperately needed by so many of the world’s black and brown inhabitants. At least India has realsied this and is pursuing coal-fired electricity as fast as it can.

  4. Gillespie Robertson permalink
    June 18, 2021 2:25 pm

    Correction to abobe comment: subsequent not sunsequent and realised not realsied

  5. Gillespie Robertson permalink
    June 18, 2021 2:26 pm

    and above not abobe: clumsy fingers !

  6. Phil Beckley permalink
    June 18, 2021 4:00 pm

    Thomas Sowell has written on this extensively and demonstrated how disparities in economic achievement depend on multiple factors including simple things like geography (for example in “Intellectuals and Race”.) He demonstrates that sub Saharan Africans suffer from hugely disadvantageous conditions such as for example isolation from other cultures, cut off by the huge expanse of the Sahara; a lack of navigable waterways; other unfavourable geography. The first point about the importance of cultural interaction is shown by how isolated groups round the world do consistently less well: for example groups living in mountainous areas. Another counter-factual is the extraordinary success of the Jewish people (eg in the number of Nobel Prizes won) despite their being the most discriminated against people on the planet. Cultural factors are also vital.

  7. Mack permalink
    June 18, 2021 4:30 pm

    And, of course, the lives of millions more Africans would have been enriched much further and faster had a myriad of despotic native post colonial leaders not plundered their own countries’ wealth and resources, in addition to billions in foreign aid, to enrich themselves and their chums whilst brutally crushing dissent and driving many of their citizens to a life of misery, disease and grinding poverty. The roll call of villainous despots is long eg Mugabe, Amin, Abacha, Nguema, Gadaffi, Al Bashir, dos Santos, Habre etc etc and I doubt ‘white supremacy’ nor ‘climate change’ played much of a roll in their corrupt and repressive activities.

  8. REM permalink
    June 18, 2021 6:24 pm

    I believe slavery was ticking along quite well in just about every non-white country in the world, long before they were “discovered”. Just as it was in the “white” countries, should you have been taken prisoner and not executed.

  9. Jack Broughton permalink
    June 18, 2021 6:31 pm

    Similar to the excellent book by Hans Rossling: Factfulness. The world is still improving due to fossil fuels and must continue to do so irrespective of Big Brother’s pseudo-scientific carbon fear-campaign.

  10. tom0mason permalink
    June 18, 2021 6:39 pm

    Currently the weather in many parts of Africa (and the Middle East) continues to be cooler and wetter than normal. This kind of weather has been prevalent since the end of last year. So too in many parts of India and South America. All this change in weather — is it the white man’s fault? Of course not as it is well known that weather, and it’s long term average aka climate, has quasi-cyclic features and a great deal of chaotic elements all interacting together. Many features of both weather and climate are currently poorly understood. As a consequence it looks evermore unlikely that CO2, at 415 parts per million (by volume) of the atmosphere, has little if anything to do with changes in climate.

    Therefore this dumb book’s paradigm that atmospheric CO2 is causing the climate to change AND that because white people have burned the most fossil fuels then non-whites will suffer more with this fictional cause of the climate changing.
    In other words this book “Climate Change Racist?” and the author has built an argument based on something that has not been proven to be (that atmospheric CO2 controls the climate), backed up half truths and specious innuendo (that all white people wantonly created ‘climate change’ by burning fossil fuels, then worsen it knowing it would surely hurt non-white people.)

    This book lazily rest on ‘Critical Race Theory’ (an American import of NO worth!) a THEORY that is utterly against individual equality of opportunity — see for more.

    As for the squalled organization BLM, as has been widely reported it is funded by the Chinese ( and other sites)
    As for it’s Marxist ex-leader, Patrisse Cullors (a founder member) has retired and has been reported as purchasing four high-end homes for $3.2 million in the U.S. alone, per New York Post, including property in a Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles County for $1.4 million. ( and many other sites).
    While others in the organization appear to have taken money for their own personal use ( ).
    Fraud and personal aquisitions of money and power seems to be at the heart of BLM.

  11. markl permalink
    June 19, 2021 12:52 am

    If it’s racist shouldn’t CC be cancelled?

  12. Adam Gallon permalink
    June 19, 2021 8:43 am

    I wonder if its author will be popping back again, to defend the tripe he’s written?

  13. Douglas Dragofly permalink
    June 19, 2021 11:48 am

    This Jeremy Williams is the same Jeremy Williams that was the editor of the Extinction Rebellion propaganda manual Time To Act.

    Before writing twisted claims about race, privilege and justice he grew up in Madagascar and Kenya.
    Stirring up hysteria for political gain.
    Where have we heard this before ?

  14. I don't believe it! permalink
    June 20, 2021 12:10 am

    It could have been a wonderful satire on both climate change and anti racism activists however it appears the man is serious!

  15. June 20, 2021 2:15 am

    The thing itself is racial collectivism, which was really popular when the eugenics movement was creating a “new race” (See Herbert Hoover inaugural). Collectivists of similar persuasions have weaponized that began as pseudoscience into a racial slur and excuse for the initiation of force. Not joining them is possibly a way of derailing the fad.

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